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It’s a short week this week, which means we won’t have to wait so long to get to the fun stuff coming up, like Streetsblog Los Angeles’ 7th birthday party and Live Ride Share, Southern California’s first shared-use mobility conference.

Happy Birthday, Streetsblog Los Angeles

Join Joel Epstein, Juan and Sirinya Matute, Deborah Murphy, Jay Slater, Culver City Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells, Lee Wallach, and the rest of the Streetsblog Los Angeles team (including yours truly) to celebrate Streetsblog’s 7th birthday at the house of Amy and Jonathan Weiss on February 21 at 4 p.m.

You can make your reservation at Eventbrite. Address provided to those who RSVP.

The party is as much a fundraiser as it is a birthday party. Tickets are $50 on a sliding scale and you can tell them you want your donation to support Santa Monica Next.
While we will accommodate people at the door, please RSVP below so we can get an accurate head count. Light food and refreshments will be available, including a birthday cake. Mostly, it’ll be lots of fun and we’d love to see you there. If you can’t make it, you can still donate and we are always grateful for your support.

Live Ride Share

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), partnering with with several local and national nonprofit organizations, including the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), for Live Ride Share, Southern California’s first ever shared-use mobility conference on February 23.

The conference, which will be held in Downtown Los Angeles, will focus on the shared transportation and how technology is impacting how we get around. Tickets and more information, including a full schedule of events, are here.

“With increasing technology, we are finding more creative ways to move around – from peer-to-peer ridesharing to on-demand transit. Never before has the sharing economy been so dynamic, and new forms of transportation mobility are playing a major role,” writes Fernando Cázares, L.A. Regional Coordinator for Urban Solutions & Policy Advocate at NRDC.

You can expect in-depth discussions about what role shared-use mobility should play in Measure R2 proposals. There will also be talks about how to get bike and car sharing off the ground in Los Angeles and what car share and companies like Lyft and Uber could mean for housing affordability.

At the conference, you’ll from a wide range of civic and community leaders, like Aaron Paley, executive director of CicLAvia, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is also on the docket, L.A. City Councilmember Mike Bonin, and LADOT Director Seleta Reynolds, among others.


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